Robert Patterson, M.D. • 1159 E. 200 North, #350, American Fork • (801) 855-2941
Robert Patterson, a general surgeon at American Fork Surgical Associates, knows today’s discerning patient has numerous choices for his or her elective surgical needs.
Sure, patients might be less picky when suffering from acute appendicitis or an obstructed bowel. But, when it comes to elective procedures, patients are looking for a friendly doctor who listens to the patient and meets his or her needs.
“In this business, being affable goes a long way,” Dr. Patterson says. “There are a lot of qualified doctors and surgeons. What sets you apart is your personality and how comfortable patients are with you.”
That’s why Dr. Patterson’s relaxed demeanor and open conversational style is appealing to an increasing number of Utah Valley residents.
Dr. Patterson came to Utah Valley from Hawaii, where he worked as a general surgeon on the Big Island. He spent time working and studying at the University of Utah and enjoyed the area. He took the chance to come back 18 months ago and has been in regular rotations at local hospitals since.
While he’s proficient in a number of surgical procedures, Dr. Patterson also offers a scalpel-free vasectomy that minimizes recovery time and can often be done in the first visit to his office. Educated patients appreciate his approach to surgical sterilization.
Dr. Patterson is well-published and has written specifically on the use of information technology in medicine. It’s all part of his desire to give patients the best possible result to their medical needs.
It’s one of the things that helps him stand out when people look for a surgeon.
Free Medical Tip: Patients should not be afraid to educate themselves. Use reputable sources on the Internet and know what questions to ask your doctor. A patient should be his or her biggest advocate. – Dr. Robert Patterson